Love it or despise it you can't deny it exists, and the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise ticks ever onwards with tentative steps being made towards the beginning of production on the sequel to the box office hit (and critical failure) Fifty Shades of Grey.
With James Foley on board to direct, co-stars Dokota Johnson and Jamie Dornan returning as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey respectively and "author" E. L. James' husband Niall Leonard writing the script there's no production date set yet for Fifty Shades Darker, but it's still happening. So there's that.
But whilst Johnson seems to be enjoying herself as Ana, there's one actress who's glad that she's not handling that mantle herself, and that's Shailene Woodley, currently starring in another book-to-film adaptation series Divergent.
Last year Woodley confirmed the rumours that she was asked to audition for Johnson's role as cardboard cut out character Ana Steele, but turned it down due to her commitments to Divergent, which has now produced two films and has another two set for release in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Suck that Fifty Shades' release schedule:
"I didn’t want to audition for [Fifty Shades]. It’s because I had already done Divergent and I knew there was no way I wanted to do multiple franchises at the same time, because that’s crazy, so I didn’t see the point in it."
Though she reportedly doesn't have an issue with sexual content or going nude on screen, fast forward a year and Woodley still seems pretty happy that she didn't get involved with Fifty Shades even though it made a box office killing and Johnson and Dornan are now eyeing massive salaries for the sequels. Clearly she's not a fan of the books and their potential for adaptation, as she said earlier this month:
"I wasn’t really interested [in Fifty Shades]. I’d already signed on for Divergent anyway. Also, I’d read the book and thought, ‘If somebody really can pull this off and make a movie out of it, they will be the biggest genius."
Ouch. Nice shade throwing there Woodley. Additionally she's also been pretty outspoken about the source material for the Fifty Shades series, the The Twilight Saga:
"Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. She falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she’s going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve."
Preach it Woodley. It's nice to see Young Adult franchise actors laying down some truths when it comes to popular series like these. It's alright to enjoy them, but remember to take a pinch of salt along with you when you go to the cinema to see them.